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The new Framework for Resumption of In-Person Instruction provides three paths for members at risk or caring for those at risk to work remotely. It also establishes a special provision for unpaid leave with job protection, for those who do not qualify for any of those three, but who still feel unsafe working in school buildings. The differences among these provisions have been difficult for many to compare. The chart below untangles those differences.

Accommodations Chart as PDF

Type of accommodation ADA accomm­odation Primary caregiver accommodation Household accommodation Unpaid, job-protected leave with benefits
Who qualifies? If you yourself have a health condition that poses increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 (per CDC) If you are the primary caregiver for a relative with a health condition that poses increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 If someone else in your household has a health condition that poses increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 Everyone
Work remotely while awaiting reply? Yes No. (We have asked CPS to change its policy on this.) No N/A
CPS obligations Will approve all requests, provided you submit documentation to show eligibility Will approve all requests, provided you submit documentation to show eligibility CPS will grant “to the extent operationally feasible.” (300 additional granted at time of agreement) Will protect your job position and seniority and continue to provide health care benefits
Offered priority vaccination by CPS? Yes Yes Yes Vaccine offered by CPS in order of priority list under agreement.
After vaccination, how soon is return? After second dose After second dose 14 days after first dose. If accepting vaccine through CPS, required to return in-person after second dose.
Required to return in-person? If you decline CPS’ priority vaccine offer, your telework accommodation will stay in place as long as you remain eligible for it. If you decline CPS’ priority vaccine offer, your telework accommodation will stay in place as long as you remain eligible for it. If you decline CPS’ priority vaccine offer, you may take an unpaid, job-protected leave with benefits. Will return to paid status upon reporting for in-person work. Based on school needs, may be offered to return from leave to provide paid remote instruction. CPS will re-evaluate leave eligibility at the beginning of the 4th quarter.
Options / alternatives if denied? If you have a high-risk condition as defined by the CDC, CPS is required to grant your accommodation under the agreement. If denied, contact your field rep. If you are the primary caretaker for a relative with a high-risk condition as defined by the CDC, CPS is required to grant your accommodation under the agreement. If denied, contact your field rep. If denied prior to February 9, you should have been offered a priority vaccine from CPS if you committed to return to in-person work no more than 14 days after you receive your first dose. After working remotely for two weeks, you will then be expected to report in-person based on the CPS timetable. If denied but not offered vaccination and told to report in-person, contact your field rep. Available to all

If you have other questions about what’s in the reopening agreement, here’s a list of available resources: